Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts.
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The 8th annual Ellsworth Cheese Curd Festival wrapped up Sunday with the parade followed by the cheese curd eating contest in five categories.
Shawn Kuhl lives in Cuba City, but Crossroads Community Church in Ellsworth will always be a special place for him. Kuhl and wife Paula were married there last year. It's also the place where his health started to take a turn for the better. His brother Scott, who lives in Ellsworth and is a church member, asked his fellow parishioners last year to start praying for his brother because he needed a kidney transplant. One parishioner heard the message and decided to take it one step further. "Coming home from church, I told my wife, I think I should donate a kidney," said Steve Denzer.
The Elmwood School Board approved the hiring of Paul Blanford as its new Elementary/Middle School/Assistant High School Principal Thursday. Blanford comes from the Black River Falls School District where he spent the past school year as its Superintendent. According to their website, Blanford has over 20 years in the education field, including being a teacher, guidance counselor and administration. That experience played a factor in his selection, explained Adam Zenner, Elmwood's Superintendent. Blanford was one of 40 candidates that applied.
PRESCOTT--Visitors to the Prescott Welcome and Heritage Center will be going back in time Saturday. The center will host a Historical Home and Garden Exhibit from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday in coordination with the Prescott Garden Tour going on the same day. Historical Society President Sally West can't stop smiling when discussing this exhibit. "I feel so wonderful that many senior citizens in Prescott would enjoy this," she said. "It's really an exceptional exhibit." Most of the exhibits' materials came from longtime Prescott resident Ken Roen.
The sentencing hearing for Tally Rowan was delayed Tuesday until September. Rowan, 33, was found guilty by a jury in March of battery of a peace officer, obstructing an officer, carrying a concealed weapon, operating while intoxicated and operating with prohibited alcohol content. The battery was the lone felony charge.
PRESCOTT--A one-of-a-kind opportunity will occur this weekend involving locations in three states, including two in Pierce County. The Great River Road Wine Trail will present its first event, a Mid-Summer Festival, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at nine wineries throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. Pierce County locations include Valley Vineyard in Prescott and Vino in the Valley in Maiden Rock. Maiden Rock Winery and Cidery in Stockholm is also on the list. If you've never heard of the Great River Road Wine Trail, you're not alone.
Luanna VonBargen was thinking Tuesday that, in her eight years as a mail carrier, she's never struck a deer. While that is still true, VonBargen had an incident with the popular animal later that day which doesn't happen on a daily basis. After completing her mail route, the Hager City native was on her way home, traveling on Hwy. 63, as she needed to make a stop before she was on to her second job--working for the Red Wing Police Department.
An Ellsworth teenager was placed on one year probation for misdemeanor theft in Pierce County Circuit Court earlier this month. Geordan D. Godwin, 17, was also charged with burglary relating to a January incident in the Village of Ellsworth. That charge was dismissed as part of a plea agreement. According to the criminal complaint, David Heffron, who lives on Maple Street, reported on Feb. 16 to the Ellsworth Police Department several items were taken from his residence within the last month. Heffron specifically mentioned an incident on Jan.
A Spring Valley man was placed on a deferred prosecution agreement for 30 months Friday in Pierce County Circuit Court for felony theft. Peter J. Flanigan, 35, was charged with taking over $16,000 during a four-year span. Terms of the agreement call for Flanigan to pay restitution, which court records say is $8,200. If Flanigan completes the agreement, the charges will be dismissed. If he doesn't, he will be found guilty without trial and will be sentenced. According to the criminal complaint, a Maiden Rock man hired Flanigan to install heating and air conditioning for his home.
PRESCOTT--Tristina Timm's life has revolved around dancing. She started performing at age two and continued through high school (Prescott), college (University of Minnesota) and professionally (Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Vikings). When the Vikings' 2008 season ended, one thought ran through her mind. "My body said enough," she said. Therefore, Timm was ready to do something different, sort of. "I didn't want to go into the corporate world and dancing was still a passion of mine," she explained.